The Supreme Court on Thursday released the calendar of oral arguments for the final sitting of the Term, beginning April 20, and listing the four cases on same-sex marriage for hearing on Tuesday, April 28.

The calendar is thin, with only a single argument each day except on April 29, when there are two arguments.

The day-by-day schedule, with a brief summary of the question in each case, follows the jump.

Monday, April 20:

Johnson v. United States — Possession of a sawed-off shotgun as a violent felony, leading to a longer prison term as a career criminal.  This case was heard on November 5 but is being reargued on a new question about potential vagueness of a part of the Armed Career Criminal Act.

Tuesday, April 21:

McFadden v. United States — A federal prosecutor’s duty to prove that a suspect knew that a substance was an illegal substitute for a banned drug.

Wednesday, April 22:

Horne v. U.S. Department of Agriculture — The federal government’s duty to pay raisin growers for an order requiring removal of part of a year’s crop from the market to stabilize prices.

Monday, April 27:

Kingsley v. Hendrickson — The proof needed to show police use of excessive force toward a detained person awaiting trial.

Tuesday, April 28:

Obergefell v. Hodges and three other cases — The constitutionality of state bans on same-sex marriage and state refusals to recognize existing same-sex marriages.  The cases are consolidated for two-and-a-half hours of argument.

Wednesday, April 29:

Glossip v. Gross — The constitutionality under the Eighth Amendment of using a sedative as the first drug in a death penalty protocol.   (The executions of the three Oklahoma inmates have been stayed.)

Mata v. Holder — The authority of a federal appeals court to extend the time to seek a reopening of an immigration case because of an ineffective attorney.

[Disclosure:  Goldstein & Russell, P.C., whose attorneys contribute to this blog in various capacities, is among the counsel to the petitioner in McFadden.  However, the author of this post is not affiliated with the firm.]

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